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2001 shaping up to be banner year.

The number of employment insurance claimants in the area continues on a nine-year downswing down·swing  
1. A swing downward, as of a golf club.

2. A decline, as of a business.

Noun 1. downswing - a swing downward of a golf club

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1. To settle snugly and comfortably: The cat nestled among the pillows.

 aside big and beautiful Lake Nipissing Lake Nipissing (French: lac Nipissing) is a lake in the Canadian province of Ontario. It is  km ( sq mi) in surface area, has a mean elevation of  m ( ft) above sea level and is located between the Ottawa River and Georgian Bay. , North Bay is the commercial hub to dozens of towns, villages and townships. The crossroads of the Trans-Canada Highway Trans-Canada Highway, c.4,800 mi (7,700 km) long, S Canada; dedicated 1962; completed 1970. The world's longest national highway, it traverses North America from St. John's, N.L., to Victoria, British Columbia. , Highway 11 and Highway 63 to Quebec, the thriving city connects movement in all directions.

To provide for an active population, the labour market is dominated by a diverse service economy. One in every four working individuals in North Bay is employed in retail trade while one in 10 jobs involves serving up food, beverages and accommodation to local and visiting consumers. Another one in 10 works in transportation and communication. Call centre establishments that are already boosting employment in the business services sector were joined last month by a 241 Pizza streamlined order-taking call centre, creating 110 new jobs.

Recently a $40-million expansion of Northgate Square Shopping Centre began, adding 20 new stores and 650 new jobs to the city. Work is continuing on a new Sears store, while a larger Wal-Mart has appeared. Further development at North Bay Mall added 50 jobs at a new Winners store, while a Value Village created 30 additional jobs.

The health, social services social services
Noun, pl

welfare services provided by local authorities or a state agency for people with particular social needs

social services nplservicios mpl sociales 
 and education sectors of the local economy continue to generate employment for a significant 25 per cent of the employed labour force in North Bay. The addition of jobs in provincially funded medical call centres occurred over the past year providing emergency advice to northerners. As well, a new $136-million hospital will be constructed and is set to open in 2005 to bring labour market, health and economic benefits to the north.

Construction projects hum in and around the city. New and continuing work sites are creating job opportunities for numerous trades workers and helpers. City hall reports building activity is rising. Total values for 2000 were the highest in eight years at $48 million, while 2001 is shaping up to be a banner year as well. Construction begins on a $7.2-million aquatic centre at the YMCA YMCA
 in full Young Men's Christian Association

Nonsectarian, nonpolitical Christian lay movement that aims to develop high standards of Christian character among its members.
, while building of a $6-million new air terminal structure continues. Nipissing University Nipissing University is a small liberal arts university located in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, on a 720 acre (2.9 km²) farm site overlooking Lake Nipissing. The university's unique character is defined by its location in Northern Ontario, a large faculty of education program with  is constructing a $12.2-million academic wing due to an expectation of increased demand for higher education higher education

Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art.
. Canadore College Canadore College is a college located in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 1967 as a campus of Sudbury's Cambrian College, and became an independent institution in 1972.  has commenced construction of a $12-million aerospace facility located at the North Bay Airport. The site will be used for skills training to meet the demand for workers in the aerospace industry.

Labour Force estimates published by Statistics Canada for 'small areas' produce annual average labour market data for North Bay combined with East Ferris and North Himsworth. Recent numbers confirm improving labour market conditions for the local area. The employment rate in 2000 rose to an 11-year high of 57.4 per cent, while the unemployment rate dropped to 7.3 per cent last year, also the lowest annual average since 1990.

The local working age population has increased to meet the needs of local employer demand, adding 2,600 new jobs to the economy between 1987 and 2000.

The working age population has increased by 3,700 in the same period of time. There are signs however that population increases are not entirely flowing into the labour supply. An increase in the 'not-in-the-labour-force' numbers - 2,000 people for that time - is partly attributed to older workers commencing retirement on the shores of local lakes and rivers.

Human Resources Development Canada “HRDC” redirects here. For other uses, see HRDC (disambiguation).

The Department of Human Resources Development, also referred to as Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC), is a former department of the Government of Canada.
 corporate data provides additional evidence of strengthening conditions in the local labour market. The number of employment insurance claimants in North Bay and area has been on a nine-year downswing. In February 2001 a total of 2,507 ready, willing and able job seekers job seeker also job·seek·er
One who seeks employment.
 compares favourably to 4,994 the same month in 1992.

Job growth in the service sector is forecast to continue to match the needs of new projects such as the $25-million jail and facility scheduled to start construction next year.

Judy Jibb is an information analyst for Human Resources Development Canada in North Bay.
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Title Annotation:employment
Publication:Northern Ontario Business
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1CONT
Date:Jul 1, 2001
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